Video shows violent attack against man in Toronto mosque parking lot

Click to play video: 'Community pleads for justice after assault at Toronto mosque'
Community pleads for justice after assault at Toronto mosque
WATCH: Community pleads for justice after assault at Toronto mosque – May 12, 2023

Video obtained by Global News shows a shocking, violent attack against a man in the parking lot of a mosque in Toronto’s east end.

The surveillance video shows the victim, a 67-year-old man, walking through the parking lot of Baitul Aman Masjid when he is approached by two masked men all dressed in dark clothing.

One man appears to be holding a bat and begins striking the man while the other man can be seen kicking and punching.

The two are then seen getting into a light-coloured sedan that drives off.

Another person inside a parked car in the lot gets out to help the victim.

Toronto Police said an assault in a parking lot in the area of Danforth and Victoria Park avenues was reported at 7:48 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Investigators told Global News that after speaking with the victim, “the attack does not appear to be hate-motivated.” However, police said out of an abundance of caution, the force’s hate crime unit has been notified of the case.

They also said it does not appear to be a random attack but the motive for it is unclear.

The victim suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, police said.

Click to play video: 'Man injured after attack outside east-end Toronto mosque'
Man injured after attack outside east-end Toronto mosque

Imam Muhammad Kamruzzaman from the Baitul Aman Masjid told Global News the victim and his family “are really scared.”

“This was really violent — the victim, he told us, he couldn’t understand how this was possible,” Kamruzzaman said. “He was just walking to get into his car and then all of a sudden he’s injured … with a baseball bat.”

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He also said the mosque will be holding a demonstration outside of the mosque on Friday afternoon to call for justice.

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